By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
It was 36 degrees (F) 2 (C) and sunny on my watch
I went to the Brighton site before sunrise to see if Dot.Ca (DC) spends his nights there. Arriving at 6am he was not there and I left after almost an hour for downtown. The Broad St. Bridge was filling up with cars from some run that was taking place so I went to the hole and waited to see a falcon go in or out of the nest box. Around 7:05am I heard the rantings of a Peregrine that wanted to lay on his eggs-DC flew in with food to the deck and Beauty came out,grabbed it and flew to the Wilder building east end of the green strip while DC went in the nest and covered his family.
Beauty seemed very hesitant about eating as she waited a couple minutes looking around before starting to pluck feathers and even then she stopped 3 times to have a good look around. Finally she started eating and didn’t stop til she was done.
The Beautyful one finished eating and flew off at 7:32am over to the OCSR top ibeam near the south corner.
I ended my watch at 7:45am to go home and get ready to go to Buffalo/Fort Erie (Canada) with Joyce who had invited me to go see if we could find BB (formerly the female at McKays Tower near the University of Buffalo) and ID her as it was thought that she was hanging out in Fort Erie with another falcon. Canadian Peregrine Foundation (CPF) watchers Tracy Simpson and Bruce Massey went there as well plus Sage and Roger from Peregrine Place (Buffalo) met up with all of us too. We didn’t find BB but we did watch a Merlin (falcon) eat a meal in a tree.
Joyce and I left Fort Erie Canada around 7pm and headed for downtown Buffalo to look for the Statler falcons. I saw one land on the corner of a building but it showed us only its back. Our next and final stop was Central Terminal, my favorite of all the Buffalo sites and home to Diamante who is from Mariah&Kavers last clutch in Rochester and his mate Gleig . Gleig came flying in a few minutes after we arrived and she spent the next 10-15 minutes whining for him to vacate the nest box and eggs. She too only showed us her back but when Diamante finally came out we were able to locate him in the front of the building and so here are your bonus pics of the day!
That’s all she wrote folks as we headed out of Buffalo for home with a big old smile on our faces!
One video from this mornings watch below-click on the link to view it